By Willis Torres |Staff Writer|
Coyote baseball is in full swing as the team has just taken 2-of-3 games from the Sonoma State Seawolves.
The Coyotes took on the Seawolves in a doubleheader on Jan. 30, where they took the first game in a 1-0 shutout. An RBI single by Jake Caron was all they would need.
David Martinez, the new head coach for the Coyotes, expressed his thoughts on their first win.
“The team is very receptive and there is a lot of talent here,” said Martinez. “There’s definitely a sense of maturity with the team which is going to make them successful,” he added.
Martinez is looking forward to the upcoming season.
In the first game RHP Tyler Wells was able to strike out 12 of the first 16 batters he faced over six innings.
Wells was the first pitcher of the season to be selected by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) as the Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his pitching against the Seawolves.
Wells shared his thoughts about the upcoming season.
“The team is doing a great job and every game is a learning process,” said Wells.
The Coyotes started the second game by scoring two runs in the top of the first.
The Seawolves answered back with two runs in the first and one in the second.
Grant Buchanan doubled home Dillon Fahr in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 3-3.
The second game was only played up until the bottom of the sixth, as it was called on account of darkness, with the score tied 3-3.
The game continued the following day with the Coyotes incorporating a strong defense and even better at-bats.
Sonoma broke the tie in the sixth with a solo home run, but that would be all they would get.
In the seventh, Buchanan got his second RBI of the game after driving in Austin Lundeen, which tied the game at 4.
The Coyotes blew the game open in the eighth when they scored three unanswered runs to win the game, 7-4.
The third and final game of the series was a nailbitter as it ended in extra innings.
The Coyotes scored twice in the first four innings, but the Seawolves answered right back with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.
The Coyotes scored two more in the fifth to bring the score up to 4-1.
The Seawolves again answered back in the bottom of the fifth with two home runs, tying the score at 4.
The Coyotes weren’t done yet; they came back to score three more runs in the top of the sixth.
The Seawolves would then retie the game in the bottom of the seventh. The score would stay knotted at seven until the bottom of the eleventh.
The Coyotes would drop their first game of the season after a home run put the Seawolves ahead of the Coyotes for good, making the final score 7-8.
The first home game of the season for the Coyotes will be a doubleheader against the University of California, San Diego on Feb. 27. The first game is at 11 a.m.
However, if you can’t wait to see the Coyotes play, they will be playing an exhibition game against the KT Wiz (Korean National team) on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Fiscalini Field.